Bridging the gap between rhetoric and practice: data from 4 studies into the arts and creative writing for personal and professional learning. Dr. Janice K. Jones. 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Bridging the gap between rhetoric and practice: data from 4 studies into the arts and creative writing for personal and professional learning
Dr. Janice K. Jones
2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for
Research in Education (AARE)
Adelaide, Australia 1 – 5 December
Dinawan Dreaming by Donna Moodie
I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands where USQ teaching and research is conducted: the Gaibal, Jarowair, Ugarapul and Butchulla peoples of Queensland. I honour the wisdom of Elders past, present and future, seeking to walk together in the spirit of reconciliation.
VISION for education ACARA (2010); MCEETYA (2008)
Drivers for PRACTICE
Driving Focus on science, maths, literacies, testing, reporting, benchmarking
2010 Respondents: 115/537 yr 1 students aged 17 – 30
93.8% believe creativity and sustainability very or extremely important for teaching
82.1% believe understanding nature is important for a sustainable 21st century
But – Minimal experience in the arts or natural environments since primary school?
“I feel locked in my head” (respondent)
[Learning through being in the land, understanding in keeping with Indigenous Australian peoples’ ‘ways of knowing/making meaning’]
‘Someone playing music…that’s a wind chime…and that’s a tree with apples on it…that one too…and…that’s the beautiful sandpit and a picnic table
and the beautiful grass all around it.’ Chantelle, 6 yrs
Chelsea aged 5 drew lettuce, sunflowers, beans, carrots, flowers, a sandpit, apple trees, and a pond.
Trust the Child
I’ll always love you, Mum by Erin-Pearl Buchner
I remember our day in that busy, bright place,
I remember the warmth from your hand,
I remember how cold the autumn breeze felt,
And how alive my face became from being near you,
I remember the bustle and hurry of that city,
I remember how we ate that huge ice-cream,
I remember walking close to you to keep warm,
With your arm around me,
Even though now that the autumn breeze is blowing again,
I remember savouring that day with you,
But now memories are all that I hold,
As I parent you.
Weaving Words: Personal and professional transformation through writing as research (Jones, J.K. Ed. 2014) Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Pre-service teachers were challenged to write a poem, a playlet or a short story during their final year of study.
Many considered giving up the course – or asked to write ‘something for kids’
However, when they began writing, most found the experience transformative.
…inductive, intuitive, spiralling in approach, poetic methods - if we may speak of assembling words and the wide white spaces around them and using them in such a way as to create a ‘how’ - may provide a choreography, something of the spin and grace of dance (Saunders, 2010, p.362)
Importance of being honoured as learners and teachers:
I remember going to class and thinking “Are you nuts? I can’t possibly do that!” …then walking out with a feeling of achievement. I remember going to your office for the first time and seeing my picture on your wall. It was a good feeling.
Jones, J.K. (2006). Work in progress: The Magic Gardens Project: A child-centred curriculum in a non-traditional school meeting state targets for the arts The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1(1), 1-16.
Jones, J.K. (2008). In the Third Space: The Storied Self, Uncertainty and Transition. In R. Henderson & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Troubling Terrains: Tactics for Traversing and Transforming Contemporary Educational Research (pp. 193-210). Teneriffe, Queensland: Post Pressed.
Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2008). New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. MCEETYA. (2008). Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. Melbourne: Curriculum Co
Phipps, A., & Saunders, L. (2010). The sound of violets: The ethnographic potency of poetry? Ethnography and Education 4(3), 357–387.
Zajda, Joseph (Ed.). (2010). Globalisation, Ideology and Education Policy Reforms New York: Springer Netherlands.